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Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles was a Scottish author and government reformer. Although he campaigned on a Chartist platform, he promoted the idea that more progress would come from new attitudes than from new laws. His primary work, Self-Help, promoted thrift and claimed that poverty was caused largely by irresponsible habits, while also attacking materialism and laissez-faire government. It has been called "the bible of mid-Victorian liberalism" and had lasting... Read More

Born23 December 1812
Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland
Died16 April 1904 (age 91)
Kensington, London, England

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